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Monday, October 16, 2017

Owen Farrell dump tackle sparks fiery confrontation with Teimana Harrison

While Saracens' 57-13 away victory over Northampton Saints in the opening round of the European Champions Cup got their campaign under way in emphatic fashion, this incident with Owen Farrell sparked a lot of discussion. MORE »

Friday, October 13, 2017

Raised elbow from Juan Pablo Socino leads to suspension

Newcastle Falcons centre Juan Pablo Socino has been suspended for two weeks after a RFU disciplinary panel found him guilty of striking the head of Exeter Chiefs centre Ian Whitton. It brings into question the fine line between fending with the forearm and the elbow. MORE »

Thursday, October 12, 2017

You really don't want to run into Asafo Aumua and Vaea Fifita

Dynamic Asafo Aumua played a significant part in swinging momentum the way of Wellington in a second half that saw him scoring twice in a 36-18 win over Northland earlier today. And it all started with this punishing double tackle by himself and new All Black, Vaea Fifita. MORE »

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Marika Koroibete knocks out Tomas Lezana with brutal tackle

In what was a slightly alarming moment for the Pumas, Tomas Lezana was on the unfortunate receiving end of a bruising hit from Australian winger Marika Koroibete. The shot left the number 8 sprawled unconscious on the turf. MORE »

Monday, October 09, 2017

Damian de Allende apologises but should not have been sent off

Springbok replacement centre Damian de Allende has been issued a warning after the controversial red card that he was shown in the closing stages of the Springbok vs All Blacks thriller on Saturday. It was effectively ruled that the red card was incorrect. MORE »

Friday, October 06, 2017

Stunning pass overshadowed by Augustine Pulu red card for brutal hit

Counties Manukau halfback Augustine Pulu was sent off on Thursday with just five minutes left in their Mitre 10 Cup contest with Manawatu. The former All Black was given his marching orders by referee Glen Jackson after he flew in with a high swinging arm on Jade Te Rure. MORE »

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Tasman wing receives ban for repeating same offence twice in one match

Tasman Makos winger Viliami Lolohea has been suspended from all rugby for three weeks following two yellow cards for foul play, which were both cited, in his team’s match against Taranaki in New Plymouth last week. Both incidents were near-identical, resulting in a red card. MORE »

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Kyle Sinckler handed seven week ban for making contact with the eyes

Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler was last night handed a 7-week ban after a RFU disciplinary panel found him guilty of making contact with the eye and/or eye area of Michael Paterson during the Aviva Premiership clash with Northampton Saints last weekend. MORE »

Monday, October 02, 2017

Kyle Sinckler ban looks likely after citing for alleged eye gouge

England and Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler has an anxious wait to see if he will be found guilty of making contact with the eye area of Northampton Saints second rower Michael Paterson. Paterson made the claim during their Aviva Premiership clash this past weekend. MORE »

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Two sent off after massive ProD2 brawl

Béziers wrapped up a comfortable 21-8 victory over Perpignan in the latest ProD2 round last weekend, but only after the match ended in violent scenes as both teams engaged in what the French dub, a bagarre générale. MORE »

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Michele Rizzo facing ban after this shoulder to Gareth Davies' face

Edinburgh front rower Michele Rizzo faces a disciplinary hearing in Neath today following the red card he received during the weekend's Guinness PRO14 match against Scarlets on Saturday. Rizzo was sent from the park after he was deemed to have charged into a ruck with his shoulder. MORE »

Monday, September 25, 2017

Young Asafo Aumua shows that he is a tackling beast too

Young Wellington Hooker Asafo Aumua was featured on RD last week when he scored that excellent solo try against Canterbury, skinning a fullback and beating the covering defence. This weekend he got some attention again for this cracking hit against Waikato. MORE »

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mikaele Mafi rocks Auckland with one of the biggest hits of the season

Otago took the physical battle to Auckland earlier today to claim a 34-26 Mitre 10 Cup win in Dunedin. This tackle by Mikaele Mafi in midfield was the biggest of the night, as he crushed flanker Blake Gibson in a crunching ball and all tackle. MORE »

Monday, September 18, 2017

James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

Harlequins got the better of Wasps with a tight 24-21 win at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, and in the first half it was Joe Marler getting the better of England teammate James Haskell, as he goaded him into a receiving a yellow card. MORE »

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christian Scotland-Williamson dominates Alex Rieder with huge hit

Young Worcester Warriors forward Christian Scotland-Williamson made this crunching tackle in last weekend's Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps, smashing hard carrying flanker Alex Rieder in an uncompromising tackle. MORE »

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Anthony Tuitavake sent off after reckless spear tackle for Racing 92

Racing 92's Anthony Tuitavake copped a straight red card in his side's 23-19 defeat away to Agen in the Top 14 for a spear tackle on Julien Heriteau. Tuitavake will face a disciplinary hearing next week due to the sending off. MORE »

Monday, September 04, 2017

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

Never shy with his use of the shoulder, Ma'a Nonu has once again been shown a yellow card for his late shoulder charge in Toulon's loss to Clermont. Perhaps fed up with what he sees as a softening of the game, he lets fly with his own version of "This is not soccer". MORE »

Monday, September 04, 2017

Biting claim gets Fijian hooker Samu Suguturaga cited in Brisbane

The opening round of Australia's National Rugby Championship has been marred by an alleged bite to the ear by Fijian Drua hooker Samu Suguturaga against Brisbane City at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday. Suguturaga has since been cited. MORE »

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tomas Lavanini off the hook after grass cutter tackle and deliberate slap down

Giant Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will be free to play in the next round of the Rugby Championship after a SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted his guilty plea after he received two yellow cards against South Africa on Saturday. MORE »

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Big hitting Mouritz Botha retires from rugby on medical advice

Former England and Newcastle Falcons second rower Mouritz Botha has been forced to call time onhis rugby career at the age of 35. Botha made the decision following medical advice after failing to recover from a concussion suffered during the 2016-2017 season. MORE »

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